Reforge This - A Guide to Reforging in World of Warcraft

Posted Wed, Oct 10, 2012 by Mem

Reforging is a critical tool for optimizing your character in World of Warcraft, but how exactly do you do it and what is best for each class and spec? Find out here!

Updated for Mists of Pandaria




  Basics | Reforging Process | Reforgable Stats Restrictions | What to Reforge

Class Basics | Stats With Caps | Advanced | Class / Spec Specifics



Reforging Basics

Introduced in the World of Warcraft Cataclysm expansion, Reforging is an ability that will allow players to easily and quickly customize the stats on their gear. Ultimately

Place the item you wish to Reforge in the box at the top left of the screen.
players will be able take a rather undesirable stat from a piece of gear and exchange it for a more useful stat. Players wishing to use the reforging skill should seek out Arcane Reforgers who can be found in major cities, usually near the Enchanting trainer. 

The Reforging Process

As mentioned above in order to start the reforging process players must visit an Arcane Reforger in a major city, and now in a few places in Pandaria. Added with Mists of Pandaria you can find the reforgers in Pandaria at the Shrine of the Seven Stars or the Shrine of the Two Moons, both of which are in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms.

Before you make your way to a reforger though, be sure to have the piece of gear you wish to reforge in your bags. Once you arrive at the Arcane Reforger simply right click on the NPC to open the Reforging menu.

Once the menu has been opened reforging an item is a rather easy process. Simply place the item you wish to reforge in the box in the top left hand corner (next to the text that says “Drag an item here to reforge it"). Once the item you wish to reforge is in place, two new drop down menus appear. The first allows the player to choose what stat from the item they wish to reduce in place of another. This menu will only list stats that are available for the process and will also display how much the chosen stat will be reduced.


Use the Restore button at the bottom of the screen to undo the reforging process.
Once the stat is chosen that the player wishes to reduce the next drop down menu will become active. This menu will allow the player to choose a stat to add to the item and will also display how much of that stat will be added. Once chosen players can view the current stats side by side with the pending stat changes just below the drop down menus. The price of the reforging process will also be displayed. Check to be sure the changes appear to be correct and then simply hit the reforge button at the bottom of the screen to complete the reforging process.

Since item stats can only be reforged one at a time there may come a point along the way where the player decides they would like to choose another stat to add or they may simply want to restore the item to it’s original state. In order to do this simply take the item back to the Arcane Reforger and once again place the item into the box in the top left corner of the Reforging screen. Once the item is placed all the player need do it simply click the Restore button located at the bottom of the screen next to the Reforge button.

Reforgable Stats

  • Spirit

    Use the two available drop down menus to remove and add a stat from the item.
  • Critical Strike Rating
  • Dodge Rating
  • Parry Rating
  • Hit Rating
  • Haste Rating
  • Expertise Rating
  • Mastery Rating

Non Reforgable Stats

  • Intellect
  • Stamina
  • Agility
  • Strength
  • Resilience Rating
  • Attack Power

    After comfirming that the displayed the changes are correct, simply hit the Reforge button to complete the process

Other Reforging Restrictions

  • Reforging allows only 40% of a stat to be exchanged for another stat.
  • An item must be level 200 or above to be reforged.
  • The newly added stat cannot already exist on the item being reforged.
  • An item cannot have more than one reforged stat at a time.

What to Reforge

Reforging was added to the game to allow more gear options for players and to reduce the number of items that were left to rot or simply disenchanted. reforging is not in any way intended to be used on all items. Let me repeat that reforging SHOULD NOT be used on just any item.

Instead reforging should be used in instances where a piece of gear could be an excellent upgrade for a player if only it had some minor changes made to it, especially if that item would otherwise be discarded. So for example if an item drops with Spirit instead of the Haste, the item still may be salvageable as Haste can be added with the reforging. So the next time a piece of gear drops that doesn’t quite fit your ideal stats, don’t pass it up, take a step back and above consider if reforging could make it the perfect piece of gear for you!

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